The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership (GFFP) is a recipient of the 2019 National Wildfire Mitigation Award – for the official press release, past this link into your browser: https://www.stateforesters.org/newsroom/partnership-announces-2019-wildfire-mitigation-awardees/
GFFP is a community-based organization that supports collaborative efforts and has been a leader in researching and demonstrating approaches to forest ecosystem restoration in the ponderosa pine forests surrounding Flagstaff, Arizona since 1996.
Our Vision And Goals – Looking Forward in the Next 5 Years
To research and demonstrate the various approaches to forest ecosystem restoration in the ponderosa pine forests, our actions are based on improving the overall sustainability and resiliency of the forests in the greater Flagstaff area. Sustainable and resilient forests are those that have the capacity to recover to pre-disturbance composition, structure, and/or function over time and can be maintained for future generations of forest users. As GFFP works towards future sustainability and resiliency of our forests and communities, our efforts focus on: 1) multi-agency planning and coordinated and complimentary implementation of forest restoration projects, 2) monitoring and adaptive management, 3) utilization of woody biomass, and 4) outreach and education.
Planning and implementation: Facilitate the promotion and support of collaborative forest restoration efforts through planning, participation, and implementation of projects within the greater Flagstaff area.
Monitoring and adaptive management: Promote and support monitoring the key ecological, economic and social impacts and issues associated with forest restoration.
Utilization of small diameter trees and biomass:Promote, assist in developing, and support a sustainable and appropriately scaled wood products industry.
Outreach and education: Continue to develop GFFP as a proactive, community-based, forest restoration organization by maintaining a diverse membership, community support and by promoting ecological restoration concepts to the public and to a broad base of agencies and organizations.
Interactive Fire Ecology Kiosk Linked to Science
The center kiosk panel that was designed for Ft Tuthill County Park will be adapted as an interpretive web-based kiosk. Visitors will be able to enlarge the explanatory segments that will also include scientific backing to links for reports, studies and fact sheets. The Ecological Restoration Institute is partnering with GFFP and will provide the scientific links for each segment that is represented in a box on the kiosk. FAC Net members and other partners will be able to use/link the kiosk to their websites.
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Rapid Wildland Fire Home Assessment Program
GFFP will implement a targeted pilot program to demonstrate and refine application of the Rapid Wildfire Assessment approach. Lessons learned through this effort will aid in development of a formalized program in partnership with GFFP, AZFAC and Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management for its application statewide. This effort is modeled after the successful 60/60 Rapid Wildfire Assessment utilized in Colorado. Cost-share grant funding ($30,000) is currently available to fund immediate implementation of recommended treatments for 30-50 interested property owners solicited through this effort. Additional interested property owners not funded during this cycle will be placed on a wait list for inclusion in 2019 cost-share treatment grants.
AZ Fire Adapted Communities Network (AZFAC)
GFFP, along with Steering Committee members representing organizations like the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Dept. of Forestry & Fire Management, University of Arizona Agricultural Extension and the Pinetop Fire District have initiated a statewide Fire Adapted Communities Network.
The AZFAC Mission/Vision:
The Arizona Fire Adapted Communities learning network’s mission is to:
Support the creation of fire adapted communities that understand the beneficial role of fire on our landscapes, embrace responsibility for their risk, and take actions to protect the social, economic and ecological values threatened by wildfire.
Arizona Fire Adapted Communities learning network’s vision is to:
1. Expand the Arizona Fire Adapted Communities learning network’s reach and participation throughout the State;
2. Elevate our collective ability to adapt community relationships to today’s dynamic fire issues;
3. Share best management practices; and
4. Create and share educational and networking opportunities.
See azfac.org for more information.
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